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A previous article discussed some basics about lightning. Now, we move on to avoiding becoming a target. Some of the rules nearly everyone has heard. Don’t stand under a tree. Don’t hold on to a metal fence. Get out of the pool. Those are obvious, although some folks can be found ignoring such advice, actually standing under trees or staying in the pool. The odds of bein…

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Let me save you a shopping trip: Bon-Ton’s liquidation sales are total bunk. I mean, if you want to walk through the stores for old times' sake and reminisce about buying quilts with your nan at AM&As, go for it. But if you’re looking for deals, don’t bother. You would be better off shopping almost anywhere else. Where shall we begin? How about the Calvin Klei…

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It is the hardest – and most important – job in the world. Yet there is no instruction manual and there are no minimum qualifications. Instead, parents are left to figure it out for themselves when raising a child – a hit-and-miss approach whose shortcomings are all too apparent. That is what makes the King Urban Life Center’s Parent-Child Home Program so invaluable. T…

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It's been a year since beloved music business veteran and tireless champion of the Buffalo music scene Susan Tanner died following a lengthy battle with cancer. But it's still Tanner's vision that her husband, Marty Boratin, celebrates whenever he opens the doors of his Hamburg home to a host of music lovers eager for something different, something more intimate and mea…

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Lea Sobieraski and William Ortega both had compelling reasons for attending commencements Saturday in greater Buffalo. Sobieraski was in cap and gown for the Daemen College ceremony at Kleinhans Music Hall, earning a master's of science degree in leadership and innovation, another step in a journey of almost indescribable meaning. "The greatest part for me was walking d…

The apt title of Michelle Dean's book is "Sharp." Is it ever. It's about some of the smartest women of the 20th century and it's my favorite book of 2018 thus far (Atlantic Monthly Press, 362 pages, $26). Thereby hangs a tale. In her preface, Dean writes, "the forward march of American literature is usually chronicled by way of its male novelists, the Hemingways and …

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So the royal wedding is over. I watched the ceremony, wishing I had thought to buy some marmalade to enjoy with toast and a cup of tea (rather than my usual mug of coffee). Now, a few days later, I can't stop thinking about the 19-year-old cellist – for two reasons. First, I love the cello ‑ our daughter plays it ‑ and the performance by the young man people call a “cel…

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Ram Ramanujam, the plant director at the General Motors engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda, had plenty of reasons to smile on Monday. And it wasn't just because the Tonawanda Engine Plant announced that it would be making a new, more fuel-efficient type of V-8 engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that will go on sale this fall. It was much more tha…

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There are about 1.4 billion lightning discharges globally in a year. Each second, about 40 to 50 strokes occur. In terms of numbers and types of discharges, 5 to 10 more intracloud, or cloud to cloud, discharges occur than cloud to ground. Talk about a lot of static. The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman notes two other basic types of lightning categori…

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In an age of text messaging, of digital immediacy, Dallas Goreham had an old-school problem. The 11-year-old discovered a most unlikely note last Wednesday afternoon in a bottle on a beach in Nova Scotia, a note apparently written almost 18 years ago by a woman who turned out to be from Western New York. Yet it took a little while to figure out those origins. Dallas …

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In the days during and just after World War II, important things were done on a handshake. For example, people thought for years that the old West Side Rowing Club near the foot of West Ferry Street was a private club. One day, I ordered a strange visitor out of the club’s bathroom. Overhearing, a coach came flying out his locker and gave me the dressing down of my life…

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You may already have noticed: Your Buffalo News is different today. For those of you reading the print newspaper or the eEdition replica, the Taste food pages are now on the back of the Sunday Home & Style section. MoneySmart is now inside the Sunday Business section. And the TV Topics section is nowhere to be found. All three moves – and changes in the weekday n…

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A few political developments in our town and around the state: • Joel Giambra will head down to Manhattan this week for the Republican State Convention, his dalliance with running for governor over and his ideas for a “big tent” GOP never advancing past the door flap. But now Giambra sets his sights on snaring the party nod for comptroller, which looms as a tall order w…

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The Sunday afternoon book club has been meeting in Lockport for about 20 years. Longtime member Jane Wendel will host a gathering Sunday, a moment of gentle pride for a mother whose son Tim is a distinguished author. The members will crowd into her living room and talk about Tim's new book, a tale of both a Western New York medical triumph and a journey back to a hard plac…